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Trump says he ‘tested positively toward negative’ for coronavirus

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  • President Donald Trump went on a riddle of a tangent Thursday in response to a question about how much longer he’ll be taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
  • After saying he plans on wrapping up the treatment in two days, Trump asserted that he once again tested negative for the virus — but not in a remotely straightforward way.
  • “I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning,” Trump said. “Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative.”
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A quick but understandable misinterpretation of President Donald Trump’s latest comments could have sent markets plummeting. 

Trump was conducting his usual exchange with reporters before getting on Marine One — sometimes known as “chopper talk” — when he went on a riddle of a tangent. 

A reporter asked the president how much longer he would be taking the hydroxychloroquine for. 

Trump said it would be for two more days before going on a strange tangent about his testing.

“And I’m still here, I’m still here,” Trump said. “I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning.”

 

“And I’m still here, I’m still here,” Trump said. “I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning.”

A cacophony of reporter questions began to rival the volume of the helicopter behind Trump right before he clarified, “Meaning I tested negative.”

A smile came over Trump’s face as the reporters kept asking what he meant.

“But that’s a way of saying it — positively toward the negative.”

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